Human Resources News & Insights

Here’s a proven template for firing an FMLA abuser

A recent lawsuit and subsequent courtroom battle provides a valuable lesson in how to terminate a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) abuser while fending off claims of interference and/or retaliation. 

In case you missed them: Top 10 biggest HR stories of 2016

Aside from the DOL’s new overtime rule and the presidential election (we won’t beat you over the head with them again here), these were the biggest HR Morning stories of 2016. 

Workers complaining about pay? What you can’t say to them now

There are three phrases you and your managers must be careful NOT to say to employees who walk off the job complaining about pay or scheduling. 

7 facts every HR manager should know about wrongful discharge

In today’s litigious workplace atmosphere, employers need to be mindful of the possibility of wrongful-discharge lawsuits from employees who have been let go — and are angry about it.

‘She never reported harassment’: A 3-factor test determined who’s liable

Imagine being sued by an employee who claims she was sexually harassed, but she never bothered to report it to anyone. Your company won’t be held liable, right? Well, you’ve got to pass a three-pronged test first, according to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Termination talk: 6 ways to ease the pain for both parties

Let’s face it. Overall, being in HR is great. But it comes with one major drawback: having to be the one to tell people they’ve lost their jobs. Sure, it’s hard on the people across from you, but it’s also hard on you. 

5 off-the-clock activities that can get employees fired

A lot of employees, especially your troublemakers (you know who they are), think they’re safe when they leave the work premises. They’re not. 

‘You can’t fire me, I’m on FMLA’: Was mistake-prone worker correct?

As you know, taking FMLA leave can’t completely shield an employee from termination, especially when the person’s performance warrants him or her being fired. But the FMLA very much complicates the matter. So what do you need to be able to safely let under-performing FMLA-takers go? 

The 15 worst/funniest reasons to fire an employee

A few months ago, a single hashtag took the Twitter and HR worlds by storm (read these gut-busting tweets). This summer, another Twitter sensation has taken its place — and it’ll give you just as big of a chuckle. 

The firing checklist every HR pro should use

Firing staff members is stressful – which is why so many HR pros sometimes hurry the process along to get it over with. But that’s a big mistake.